Cumbria and Lancashire Fire Safety

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM)

Construction sites pose a very real fire risk. In fact, every year, there are hundreds of fires on constructions sites, meaning the lives of the workers and the public are put at significant risk. On top of that, property is destroyed and the industry faces disruption and unexpected cost implications.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 set out responsibilities concerning fire safety, as well as identifying the factors which must be considered when introducing measures for ongoing fire safety.

The legislation states that whoever is in charge of the construction site must carry out a valid risk assessment in order to be able to:

  • Identify the risks on the site
  • Consider who will be affected in the event of a construction site fire
  • Assess the extent of the risks
  • Identify measures to reduce, or ultimately, to remove the risk
  • Introduce the required measures

Hazards

There are a number of hazards presents on any construction site. The two areas where the site management team can exercise some control are ignition sources and fuel sources, as detailed below:

  • Ignition sources can include electrical faults, hot working (eg: welding), smoking (although this is often prohibited on site), lighting, portable heaters, arson and lightning.
  • Fuel hazards can include building components (eg: wood), flammable gases and liquids and waste materials.

Fire Risk Assessment and Emergency Plan

As with business premises, whoever is in control of the construction site is required by law to carry out a fire risk assessment. Again, this is an ongoing process and will relate to each phase of the construction and will include an emergency plan which will:

  • Detail individuals’ duties in the event of a fire
  • Ensure there are sufficient emergency routes and exists and that they are kept clear of obstruction and, where necessary, emergency lightning is provided
  • All exit routes must be clearly signposted
  • Fire detection and alarm systems must be installed
  • Suitable fire-fighting equipment must be provided

Fire Warning Systems and Fire Fighting Equipment

Fire warning systems obviously depend on the size of the site. For instance, on the very smallest sites, simply shouting “FIRE” may suffice. However, as constructions sites get larger, fire alams will be necessary and these should be tested at least once a week.

Again, the equipment required will depend on the size of the site. However, whatever equipment is required, it is important that:

  • You have chosen the correct fire extinguishers
  • Any fire equipment is close to work areas and easily accessible
  • All fire equipment is serviced and in good working order
  • Everyone on site is trained in basic fire-fighting techniques

How we can help

We are experienced fire safety specialists with an in-depth knowledge of the risks associated with construction sites. As such, we are able to assist you with every aspect of your construction fire safety plan.

From undertaking and reviewing construction site-based fire risk assessments to providing expert advice on the range of potential ignition and combustible hazards, we have extensive experience in construction site fire safety across Cumbria and Lancashire, and further afield.

Construction Site Fire Safety Reports

We know just how important it is that you know your responsibilities, that the risk of fire on your site is minimised and that everyone working on the site is fully informed when it comes to dealing with a fire emergency in the event that one happens.

We will provide you with sound, practical advice, which is tailored specifically to your requirements, is easy to follow and is presented in a clear, concise report.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order of 2005 also stated that employers and non-domestic premises owners have a legal duty to ensure that all people who visit their buildings (staff and visitors) can reach a ‘place of total safety’ in the event of a fire.

For those who are deemed vulnerable, a bespoke Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan is required. This is an escape plan to follow for any individual who may require extra assistance when exiting a building during an emergency.

Who needs a PEEP?

In order to determine who would need a Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan, you need to ask yourself: “Is this person able to leave the building unaided in the event of an emergency?”

If the answer is no, you will need to put together a bespoke plan. A bespoke plan may be required for anyone with an impairment or disability, such as:

  • Mobility impairment
  • Sight impairment
  • Hearing impairment
  • Mental health conditions
  • Other circumstances, such as pregnancy or injury

As every case is unique, anyone who needs a plan should be provided with one which suits their requirements.

A personal plan should include information about:

  • Assistance offered by others
  • Equipment and training requirements
  • Safe routes and refuge
  • Lifts
  • Multiple-occupancy premises

How we can help

As experienced fire safety experts, we have in-depth experience in preparing and reviewing Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans for those who require them, from small offices to extensive, multi-storey buildings. We will inspect your premises and design a thorough fire evacuation plan which will address the specific fire evacuation requirements of your business.

Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans Reports

Following our assessment, we will provide you with a complete report. The report will be specific to your premises and will contain a pre-planned fire evacuation procedure.

As always, our reports are thorough and easy to follow, as we know how important it is to be able to follow advice in the event of an emergency situation.




Fire Risk Assessments

Assessing your fire risks are a Legal Requirement

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order of 2005 means that if you own, manage or operate a business, it is your responsibility to comply with fire safety law.

This order applies to almost all non-domestic buildings, places and structures. It demands that all employers and building owners carry out a Fire Safety Risk Assessment and keep it up to date.

The purpose of an assessment is to review your premises and evaluate the work that your staff carries out within it. It identifies possible hazards or threats to human safety in the event of a fire, or highlight possible sources of fire.

Based on the findings of the assessment, adequate and appropriate fire safety measures must be introduced in order to not only prevent fires, but also to minimise the risk of death or injury to employees and visitors in the event of a fire. An assessment will also need to be done for insurance purposes.

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The Fire Risk Assessment

FRAs are an ongoing process, requiring employers and building owners to continuously monitor and update their fire safety policies.

Where a company employs five or more staff; where an alterations notice is in force; or where the premises are licensed, all significant findings in the report should be recorded. However, we would advise that these findings are recorded in all cases.

All premises must have a designated ‘responsible person’, usually the employer or the owner of the premises. It is up to this person to ensure that Fire Risk Assessments are carried out regularly and kept up to date. This applies to businesses across all sectors, from retail to industrial premises.

Call 07980 302 166 to book an assessment.

A fire risk assessment will:

  • Identify those at risk
  • Identify fire hazards
  • Evaluate the risk
  • Record the findings
  • Provide an action table highlighting the steps to take to address the findings and eliminate the hazards identified

You are responsible for fire safety

It falls to you to ensure risk are minimised. Should you fail to meet your assessments responsibilities, you may face a custodial sentence and an unlimited fine. So, if there is any doubt at all as to what is required, or who should undertake the assessment, you should seriously consider engaging the services of a professional fire risk assessor.

Make sure you are compliant with the regulations.

How we can help

We can assist you with every aspect of your Fire Risk Assessments in the north west of England. From the actual assessment to advising on the necessary measures required for compliance, our experienced team will guide you every step of the way. Assessments and recording the findings can be time consuming and our team will help you save time and ensure accuracy.

We will meet with the Responsible Person and ensure all aspects of the assessment are covered. We can help you create useful resources for your business like fire equipment maps and a host of other support options. Not only will you comply with current regulations, your place of work will be a safer place for visitors and staff alike.

Should you choose to conduct your own fire risk assessment, we also offer a review service to ensure its viability. It’s important that good guidance is obtained and that you compile your findings correctly. We can advise on templates that can be used to outline your assessment.

Reporting the findings

Our Fire Risk Assessments reports offer practical, easy to follow advice which is fully tailored to the needs of your business and premises.

We run through everything with you: from fire hazards to fire safety management procedures, emergency lighting to means of escape. Our assessments are not only thorough, but also presented in in an easy to follow, user-friendly layout. Using it, you can then convey the important aspects to staff, modify your standard operating procedures and make sure your signage is clear and correct. It will also help you formulate good training drills and improve the best practice of staff.

For a fully independent and unbiased Fire Risk Assessments, get in touch

It’s amazing how much a fresh pair of eyes will find and ensure a safe place for your employees and visitors.

We also offer fire warden training too >

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We offer fire risk assessments in Lancashire and Cumbria.

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FIre Safety Training

Fire Safety Training is a Legal Requirement

The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order of 2005 states that businesses are required to provide suitable fire safety training to their staff as outlined in the obligatory fire risk assessment.

Every year, multiple preventative business fires occur resulting in significant losses and occasionally, injuries and deaths. Had a suitable training being carried out, no doubt many of these deaths and injuries could have been avoided. The input provided on our training courses should be taken home as many of the principles covered during the training apply in the home setting.

The Training

Employers must ensure that all employees receive at last the very basic fire awareness training and that it is regularly backed up by refresher training courses.

The training is designed to ensure that your staff are able to correctly react should a fire break out. The training course itself will not only improve your employees’ awareness of fire but will also give them an understanding of what to do in the event of a fire.

Our training will include:

  • How to raise the alarm and contact the emergency services
  • Fire door procedures
  • Hazardous substance storage and handling
  • Types of fire extinguisher and how to use them
  • How to conduct a fire drill

How we can help

We deliver a range of comprehensive, accredited fire training courses to organisations and businesses of all sizes and across a broad spectrum of industries. We also offer bespoke fire safety training courses designed to suit your company’s specific requirements, often based on the results of your fire risk assessment.

Our fire safety training courses can be delivered at your premises, meaning minimal disruption to you and your employees. They are run by our highly knowledgeable team of fire safety experts and offer interactive, engaging sessions, outlining best practices to to prevent a fire and exactly what to do should a fire break out.

We also offer fire Marshal training, also known as Fire Warden training. These are for those who have been identified in your emergency plan as taking on a supervisory role in the event of a fire.

All the necessary equipment and materials are provided by us. Whatever industry you work in, we’re confident you’ll benefit greatly from our range of fire safety training solutions.